Hajj cost in Bangladesh less than India: Minister
Published: 08:41 PM, 23 June 2019 Updated: 09:42 AM, 24 June 2019
State Minister for Religious Affairs Advocate Sheikh Md. Abdullah has said that 'the Hajj expenditure of Bangladeshi Muslim is nearly twice than the amount of expenditure on the Muslims of India', is not correct. Rather, the Bangladeshi Hajj Pilgrims spend lass money in both government and private managenent than the neighboring country.
The minister said this in response to the query of MP Haji Mohammad Selim in the house chaired by the Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Choudhury on Sunday afternoon.
The State Minister said, according to the information of the year 2018, the amount of Hajj passenger's expenditure on government management of our Indian Muslims was Rs 2,446,000 to 2,85000 depending regional variety, which amounted to Tk 3 lakh 45 thousand 841 in Bangladeshi currency. And hajj pilgrims in private management was cost Rs 4-5 lakhs in the neighboring country. In the same year, Hajj pilgrims cost of Bangladeshi Muslims was Tk 3 lakh 31 thousand 359 in government management-package B Category while Tk 3 lakh 97 thousand 929 was for package – A category and private management expenditure on that year was Tk 3 lakh 31 thousand 359 in Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, “We are trying to reduce the hajj pilgrims' expenditure here. As a result, in the year 2019, air fares reduced Tk 10,198 instead of increase, and it is kept fixed at Tk 1.8 lakh,” the minister added.
In response to the question of Muzaffer Hosein MP, Minister Advocate Sheikh Md Abdullah, said “Every year some of the Hajj pilgrim (aspirants) have to go back due to lack of air ticket, is not correct. Hence, all pilgrims registered in the year 2018 return to the country after performing Hajj successfully. However, due to such irregularities in 2017, disciplinary action has been taken against the Haj Agency concerned.”
On the other hand, replying to Mahfuzur Rahman's another query, the State Minister said that the work of establishing 560 model mosques and Islamic culture centers in every district and upazila of the country will be completed by 2020.